Hundreds of homes destroyed by California wildfire, deaths reported

The Camp Fire scorched 5,000 acres in about three hours officials say

The Camp Fire scorched 5,000 acres in about three hours officials say

The blaze began early on Thursday and quickly charred 18,000 acres (3,237 hectares), forcing the evacuation of the 27,000 residents of Paradise, about 150 miles (240 km) northeast of San Francisco, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said in a statement.

Fire officials said the flames were being fueled by winds, low humidity, dry air and severely parched brush and ground from months without rain.

A home burns during the Camp fire in Paradise, California on November 08, 2018. He evacuated his family and then returned to the fire to help rescue several disabled residents, including a man trying to carry his bedridden wife to safety.

Three fast-moving wildfires burned in California on Friday morning, including one that spurred the evacuation of 75,000 homes near a city that was still reeling from a mass shooting.

Some of the first responders that rushed to the scene of the second mass shooting in less than two weeks in the USA were also helping out with fire-related duties.

Colton Percifield, 20, said in an interview that he awoke at friend's house in Concow to find smoke outside around 7 a.m. Spot fires soon encroached on the house. It's very surreal. Things always work out, but the unknown is a little scary. Acting Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for Butte County.

"I'm on the phone crying, talking to my husband, just hoping I can get out of there", she said.

In Southern California, the Hill Fire broke out Thursday afternoon and grew to 8,000 to 10,000 acres while jumping a major highway.

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BFD spokesperson Keith May said BFD is sending one engine to assist the City of Oakland as its fire department responds to a fire on Highway 13, just south of Joaquin Miller Road.

The massive plume from the Camp Fire, burning in the Feather River Canyon near Paradise, Calif., wafts over the Sacramento Valley as seen from Chico, Calif., on Thursday. "I'm driving through fire as we speak". It had injured an undisclosed number of civilians, and two firefighters, officials said at a news conference on Thursday.

Rescuers used a bulldozer to push abandoned cars out the way to reach Feather River Hospital and evacuate patients as flames engulfed the building, Butte County Supervisor Doug Teeter told reporters.

Officials also issued an evacuation for part of Highway 70 nearby the fire and identified evacuation shelters to which people could flee. Almost 2,300 firefighters are battling the flames, but as of Friday morning, it was still zero percent contained.

Google Maps continues to update its 2018 California fire map on the various blazes, as well as a Google Crisis Map with information about specific California wildfires including the Camp Fire.

The Camp Fire has burned more than 5,000 acres and is still very active as it is wind driven.

Wind gusts of 50 to 70 miles per hour (80 to 113 kph) were expected in the mountains of Ventura County and up to 50 miles per hour in the valleys and coastal areas of the county, the NWS said.

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